Bible Stories and Pictures
New Haven, CT: Sidney Babcock, 1844. Paperback, 2 x 3 1/2"; Illustrated with title page vignette of the Crucifixion and cover page vignette of Lazarus raised to life; seven wood engravings, 16 pp. Minor foxing and some tranference of ink to title page from cover. Very good condition.
A collection of seven bible stories for children, each one with its own preliminary illustration. Stories include: Moses Viewing Canaan; Samson Carrying Away the Gates of Gaza; David and Goliath; John Baptizing Christ; Water Changed to Wine; Christ Blessing Children; and Conversion of Saint Paul.
Desert Rat Scrap Book, Packet Two of Pouch Six
Thousand Palms, CA: Harry Oliver, . First edition; 17 x 22" (folded double three times); heavy cream-colored stock; profusely illustrated with cover art by Art Loomer; minor puncture to lower fold-line and a small rubbed spot to front cover, else minor wear to edges; overall very good to near fine condition.
The "Desert Rat Scrap Book" (or DSRB) was a (somewhat irregularly published) quarterly Southwestern humor periodical created by art director, humorist, and artist Harry Oliver. Boasting to be "the smallest newspaper in the world" and the "only newspaper in America you can open in the wind," the current Packet Two, or The Contentment Packet, included the second installment of western-novels writer Dane Coolidge's "Death Valley Scotty, Prospector and Showman," Don Blanding's "The Desert," and the hilarious article "Mule Decides to Quit Army," etc. Considered by many to be the precursor to the zine culture - few copies of Oliver's journal have survived.
The Cat's Tea Party
London: George Routledge & Sons, [ca 1871]. Date of publication suggested by the Bodleian Library. 10 1/2 x 9"; 6 numbered, [8 unnumbered] pp., colored woodcut illustrations by Harrison Weir; loose pages but all present; tears and chips to covers and pages, some of which were repaired with sewing and reinforcements; some foxing and stains, gift inscription in pencil on inside ffep; good condition.
One of a series of Shilling Toy Books for children published by Routledge, mainly of animals, famous fairy tales and bible stories with striking, large illustrations. Scarce in the trade.
[Strip of 32 hand-colored costume plates from The Earth and Its Inhabitants]
[Nuremberg, Germany]: [Bauer Family], n.d. (ca 1840). (32 accordion pages). Approximately 1 3/4 x 1 7/8". Paper folder and modern cloth-covered slipcase holds 32 accordion pages, unfolded in concertina fashion, first page tipped in and slightly chipped, several old repairs to the reverse of the strip, all pages show a hand-colored engraved figure in national costume with title in English, German, and French, in very good condition. Likely from "The Earth and Its Inhabitants" which would have been housed in a box with a fine pocket globe. A facsimile globe has been included here.
Attributed to the Bauer family of German globe makers, this very scarce item was intended as an educational toy, produced for the English and European markets. The figures include: Sandwich Islander, Newsealander, Peruvian, Mexican, Eskimos, Caraibe, Iroquese, Greenlander, Calmuck, Tartar, Armenian, Laplander, Turk, Grecian, Russian, Hungarian, Egyptian, Nubian, Negro, Hottentot, Kurgese, Chinese, Arabian, Persian, Tyrolese, Austrian, Italian, Spaniard, Portuguese, Scotchman, Frenchman, and Englishman.